21 Search for scholarships If you’re hoping to get a scholarship, start looking now. Select senior year courses Make sure your senior courses fulfill all high school graduation requirements, the requirements for the college(s) you’re considering, and if necessary, the requirements for athletic eligibility. If you have questions, see your counselor. To verify that students continue to challenge themselves, most college appli- cations ask students to list their senior courses. Even though you may want to “take it easy” your senior year, you need to continue taking academic courses. Tip: College freshmen are often required to take a math placement test before they register for classes. To keep your math skills sharp, be sure to take a math course your senior year. Update your “Activities Record” Add all of your junior activities and awards to your “Activities Record.” In the spring, meet with your counselor Review your academic record and discuss your college plans with your counselor. Choose meaningful activities for the summer Try to get a job or do some volunteer work—if possible, in a field related to a career or major you're considering. Narrow your list of college choices Research and visit colleges over the summer. Have your college list narrowed down to four or five by the start of your senior year. Establish an email address Since colleges often communicate via email, you need to have an appropriate, permanent email address. Continue to put money in your college savings account To get an idea of your eligibility for financial aid, use the FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa.ed.gov.